HARRISBURG, Pa. - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf is forming his own political committee rather than face a showdown over leadership of the state Democratic Party.

Wolf's campaign said Thursday that it's forming "The Campaign for a Fresh Start" -- independent of the state party -- to organize Democrats, Republicans and independents who support Wolf and Democratic Party legislative candidates in efforts to defeat GOP Gov. Tom Corbett.

Wolf named former political foe Katie McGinty last week as his choice for the next state party chairman, but incumbent chairman Jim Burn said he was prepared to contest the seat when the Democratic State Committee meets Saturday in Camp Hill.

Campaign spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan says Wolf will not attend the meeting.

Burn did not immediately return a call seeking comment.